13 July 2012 - A former CIA agent convicted by an Italian court of participating in the covert 2003 abduction in Milan of an Egyptian cleric suspected of terror-related offenses had gone public to defend herself.
In an interview published in the Washington Post, Sabrina de Sousa, 56, denied playing any role in the kidnapping of Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, a member of Egypt's radical Islamist opposition also known as Abu Omar.
Abu Omar was seized on the streets of Milan on February 17, 2003 in a joint operation between the CIA and Italian intelligence services. He was then transferred to Egypt, where his lawyers say he was tortured.
It was part of a CIA practice known as "rendition" -- when a terror suspect is forced against his will to fly to a third country known for allowing torture during interrogations.
In 2009, an Italian court sentenced De Sousa and 22 other CIA agents to seven to nine years in prison over the incident. read more>>>